Queenstown Little Italy, San Diego

Queenstown in Little Italy in San Diego.  A touch of Aussie love with cozy shearling backed chairs.

Nestled in a charming cottage, Queenstown Public House is a standout in a neighborhood best known for pizza and pasta.  It is a part of the Bare Back Grill family and more chic than its sister Raglan Public House in Ocean Beach.

Diners are treated to soft lamb shearling backed chairs and whimsical decor complete with tarnished tea sets on the walls and mini sheep on the ceiling.  A few sangria options including a skinny red top off their wine and beer list.

With fresh and organic as part of their burger brand story, Queenstown Public House serves up several successful dishes outside of their signature buns.  Appetizers include a tempura trio of calamari, asparagus and zucchini, a hot chili named Cat’s with white beans, jalapeno jack, corn, and ground turkey as well as a soft pretzel served with jalapeno cheese and mustard.  The main courses have some solid hits with a grilled Atlantic salmon served with quinoa faro risotto and a rack of lamb prepared with sweet potato mash, sautéed kale, and shaved fennel.

The E-Legal which is a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie topped with vanilla ice cream is a crowd favorite but a lighter dessert option is the lemon custard that comes with playful animal crackers.  The crunch of the crackers balance well with the tart lemon.  If it doesn’t bring out the kid in us, it will at least generate a smile.

With a no reservations policy and a happy hour under construction, Queenstown Public House is the new Kiwi on the block to be reckoned with.

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